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From left to right: Kazu, Nemo and Pandora.

"This is the tale of Scarlet Crown's Pride and of Hemlock Heart where prejudice is decried. Although these events seem like a dreadful ride, the devils of the world always take them in stride. Yet there is one girl who may turn the tide..."

Devil's Candy is a webcomic about 14 year old Kazu, a kind and optimistic young imp living in a setting populated by devils. Working last minute on a science project with some help from his best friend Nemo, he creates Pandora: a stoic zombie girl confused by the strange world she's been brought into. Now living together with her creator, the comic describes their daily struggles of day to day life in a devil's world.

The comic is known for its detailed backgrounds and stylistic panels. It currently updates every Monday and Friday and as of April 2015, it's completed its first chapter.

This webcomic is notable for having its start as the first grand prize winner of Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga contest back in 2002.


Tropes:

  • The Ace: Methia. In spades. While on the phone with Tremolo she's simultaneously undertaking a very difficult ice skating routine as well as performing open-heart surgery.
  • Adorkable: Kazu.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Horatio does it with what would be his wrist if his arm wasn't an enormous bug pincer.
  • Adults Are Useless: While the main trio handle Gyro's monstrous girlfriend, none of the teachers are shown to help.
  • Affably Evil: The Science Club would be a pretty nice lot if it wasn't for their utter lack of morals.
  • Alpha Bitch: Silky, the president of the fashion club. Has a whole cadre of boy hangers-on, including her boyfriend, Lavi, who is just as self-centered as she is.
  • Animesque: To the extent that the artist, Rem, has had work published in Japan.
  • Artificial Human: Pandora, for a certain definition of "human". She's a devil like everyone else in this series, but apart from her freakish strength she's the most human-like.
  • The Berserker: Pandora, when she gets thrown into a fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hitomi, who, while a Shrinking Violet, also has Super Strength that at least rivals Pandora's. When the local Alpha Bitch's boyfriend tries to stop Hitomi and Pandora from competing in the school's fashion show, Hitomi tells Pandora to go on ahead while she deals with him. Despite easily having enough strength to suplex Lavi, she realizes that they both have flaws in how they relate to people and says they should both work on improving themselves starting the next day. And then she delivers this gem:
    Hitomi: But since we're both being super awful today, I'm still going to kick you in the balls for being a bully.
    Lavi: Meep?
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nemo shows up to bail out Pandora and Kazu in chapter two.
  • Black Comedy
  • Body Horror: Everywhere!
  • Brick Joke: Petra says there are an awful lot of men on Hemlock Heart's eggscram team, for it being the birthing sport. Scarlet Crown's team is composed entirely of women.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gyro gets repeatedly pummelled throughout the first chapter, culminating in becoming a Twinkle In The Sky and losing his arm. He deserves every second of it.
  • Call-Back: Early in chapter 2, Nemo threatens to "kick [Kazu] in the face repeatedly with my brutish new body" if the latter puts his brain in Pandora's body. Later on in the chapter, Kazu says the exact same thing to Horatio, the difference being that Horatio is dead serious about the whole brain-stealing thing.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Every character has a unique design, even background characters.
  • Creating Life: The story starts when Kazu creates a living, breathing girl for his biology project.
  • Combat Tentacles: Used by Gyro's 'girlfriend.'
  • Covert Pervert: During a celebratory group hug, Nigel can be seen hugging Pandora's boob here
  • The Comically Serious: The owl-headed cookery teacher with a liver obsession.
  • Cute Bruiser: Hitomi launches a monster tens of times her size into the air by slapping it.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Hitomi again.
    • The Pushmi sisters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nemo.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Gyro comes across as one, although it might just be a side effect of how weird he is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Elliot makes his first appearance here and is properly introduced in the next chapter.
    • Petra and Ricket can be seen in chapter one here (Petra on the far left with her back turned, Ricket in the background on the right) and both are properly introduced in chapter 4. Ricket enjoys many cameos like this.
  • Fingore: Happens to Pandora in chapter two.
  • Foil: Nemo could be considered one to Kazu. He's a gloomy, apathetic Gadgeteer Genius without much moral fiber, while Kazu is a friendly, optimistic biologist who believes strongly in the value of life.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Called a straight-edged vampire in comic, these are vampires that get their blood from blood banks and restaurants instead of from biting people. Clarence and his family are straight edged vampires.
  • Gorn: The Perfect Woman explodes into blood and guts after Pandora cuts it in half.
  • Glasses Pull: Horatio does this before Flash Stepping. Rather odd, as you'd think he'd leave his glasses on to protect his eyes...
  • Groin Attack: Hitomi delivers one to Lavi that's so powerful it causes an explosion that shakes nearby buildings. Ouch.
  • Happy Dance: Apparently doing a victory dance when you score a goal in Eggscram is a required part of the sport. It's even part of determining what score you get!
  • Improbable Weapon User: Pandora wields an oversized safety pin during her fight with Horatio.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: According to the cast page, "Kazu" is just a nickname.
  • Large Ham: Gyro is very dramatic.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Pandora.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Pandora comes to life once Kazu pulls down a lever to summon lightning onto the machine she's strapped to.
  • Lovable Coward: Mr. Elliot.
  • Made of Iron: Nemo shrugs off being thrown through a window pretty easily.
  • Mad Scientist: Gyro. It's revealed in chapter two that he used to be in the Science Club, who are all just as mad as he is.
  • Magic Skirt: Pandora has one.
  • Morph Weapon: Nemo's "bag". It can turn into various weapons and its true form seems to be some sort of bat. (Bat as in small flying mammal.)
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Gyro tends to sort of wrap himself around whoever he's talking to.
  • Serious Business: Science!
  • Scenery Porn: The world of Devil's Candy is a frighteningly beautiful place.
  • Screaming Warrior: Pandora roars a lot whenever she fights.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: Devilizer, the aforementioned Super Sentai Affectionate Parody.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Nemo, in direct contrast to Kazu.
  • The Stoic: Pandora, most of the time.
  • Super Strength: Pandora and Hitomi both have this, the latter much more so.
  • Unsound Effect: LEER.
  • Visual Pun: At one point, Nemo turns his shape-shifting bat thingy into an actual baseball bat. It's even got little wings.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Numerous examples but standouts include Pandora's pink hair, Nemo's greenish-blue hair and Gyro's green hair. Justified as they're all monsters.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Nemo, although it's certainly not fanservice - the skin on the right-hand side of his body is invisible. That and he's kind of scrawny.
  • The Worf Effect: Up to chapter 6, Pandora is effectively the strongest character in story, to the point where she single handedly wins the Eggscram match for Hemlock Heart. Then she ends up tangling with Pia, who quite easily stops her in her tracks and throws her through a door, all while making it clear she could break Pandora in two if she felt like it.

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